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Fundamentals and More

October 9, 2017 - October 11, 2017

Presented by  Sr. Madeline Franze, SSJ, CFRE and Sr. Mary McFadden, SSJ, CFRE

For over ten years, the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) has offered an extremely popular workshop, “Fundamentals and More,” especially designed for religious institutes that currently have no resource development program.  This workshop was created in response to a survey of religious institutes conducted by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and NCDC that indicated some significant trends:

  1. Most religious institutes are struggling financially.
  2. Most realize they need new sources of revenue and support.
  3. There are a significant number of viable institutes who do not have a resource development program in place.
  4. Most of these groups are interested in learning how to establish such a program.

At the recommendation of past participants and the requests of those still interested in attending this program, we are again offering “Fundamentals and More.”  This year’s workshop will take place October 9-11 at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, IL.

Because NRRO believes so strongly in this program, the Retirement Office is willing to once again offer grants for religious institutes to attend this workshop.

Previous workshop attendees included priors, major superiors, treasurers, leadership team members and in some cases, a person who was designated as the future development director.

In evaluating the program, participants felt “Fundamentals and More” was well worth the investment of time and energy and they learned a tremendous amount in such a short time.

What Can You Expect from this Program?

The presenters and our tutors for this program, are highly qualified with a great deal of expertise, specifically related to religious institutes.  Every participant walks away with:

  • Invaluable information to take back in order to make a decision regarding the establishment or growth of a development office or program.
  • An organized reference binder with instant access to important information and notes.
  • Clearly identified next steps for creating a development plan for their institute.
  • Information that is practical and applicable to their institute and its needs.
  • Mentors available to offer support and assistance, at your request.

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Date and Time

Monday, October 9
1:00 PM          Arrive
1:15 -5:30        Program
6:00                 Dinner (included)

Tuesday, October 10
8:00 AM          Breakfast (included)
9:00                 Program
11:30               Liturgy
12:00               Lunch (included)
1:00 – 5:30      Program
6:00                 Dinner (included)

Wednesday, October 11
8:00 AM          Breakfast (included)
9:00 -11:00      Program
11:30               Liturgy
12:00               Lunch (included)

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Carmelite Spiritual Center
8419 Bailey Road
Darien, Illinois

Grants Available

Because NRRO believes so strongly in this program, the Retirement Office is willing to once again offer grants for religious institutes to attend this workshop.

We know that the availability of grant monies from NRRO will give all of you a real chance to participate in the program.  We are extremely grateful to NRRO for recognizing the need for development and thank them for their support.

It is the responsibility of each institute to apply directly to NRRO for the grant money.  

Print a grant application to send to NRRO

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Space is limited.  We will only be able to accommodate twenty (20) congregations with two (2) persons from each participating group.  Additional persons will be placed on a waiting list.  Each year the workshop fills quickly.  We suggest you register as soon as possible.

To register, please register with full payment by October 2. (Your institute pays NCDC. NRRO grants go directly to your institute.)

Fee: $575 Registration Fee includes:

October 9: Lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations
October 10: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations
October 11: Breakfast, lunch

Overnight accommodations available for October 10 and October 11 upon request. (Additional charge)

Register Online

View/print a registration form to mail/fax [PDF]

For more information, please contact the NCDC Office at 888-TRY-NCDC (879-6232).

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Presenter Biography

2012 Franze_MadelineSr. Madeline Franze, SSJ, CFRE
Development Consultants, Sisters of St. Joseph
Philadelphia, PA

Sister Madeline Franze is a Sister of Saint Joseph, NCDC Active Member, and a full time development consultant specializing in fund development consultation for Catholic congregations of women and men religious. Development Consultants has serviced about fifty congregations in twenty states of the United States, as well as Jamaica and Ireland. Sister Madeline began the Development Office for the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1988 and served as the Director and Co-Director until 2003. Sr. Madeline, a certified fundraiser (CFRE) since 1994, has served as a member of the NCDC Board of Directors and co-presented the annual Fundamentals and More program for NCDC since 2005. She has received the President’s Award from the AFP Philadelphia Chapter in 2008 and the NCDC George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service in 2010. Madeline holds an MA in Administration from Villanova University. Before her involvement in development, Madeline was an elementary school teacher and principal.

2012 Mary McFaddenSister Mary McFadden, SSJ, CFRE
Development Consultant
Development Consultants
Sisters of St. Joseph
Philadelphia, PA

Sister Mary McFadden, SSJ, CFRE, a Sister of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia, PA, has been involved in development ministry for the past twenty-one years. She served as Co-Director of Development for her congregation from 1992-2003 during which time she obtained a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and obtained her CFRE. For the past ten years, Mary has worked with more than fifty organizations both nationally and internationally as a development consultant. Her consulting practice, Development Consultants (NCDC Corporate Partner), specializes in consultation for Catholic organizations of women and men religious and includes other small non-profits. Mary has been a frequent presenter at NCDC and co-presented the annual NCDC Fundamentals and More program since 2005. Previous to her work in development, Mary obtained a master’s degree in biology from Villanova University and taught science in both elementary and high school.

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October 9, 2017
October 11, 2017
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Carmelite Spiritual Center
8419 Bailey Road
Darien, IL United States
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